Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nikki Schumann Calendar Art Lithograph Posters

One of the most fun and rewarding things about owning a vintage shop on Etsy is the incredible feeling you get when you're on the hunt for treasures and find something like these vintage lithograph posters by Nikki Schumann in perfect condition!  For just a moment you travel back though space and time.  These transported me back to the 1970's and 1980's when I had Nikki's happy calendars hanging on my kitchen wall.  Nikki Schumann was one of the most popular calendar artists in the United States and brought whimsy combined with a Maine sensibility to her artwork.  Known for her use of primary colors, each piece she created perfectly captured the emotions of the season.

Another lovely aspect of her calendars wasn't what was included, but rather what wasn't, the year.  Only the month and days were printed, not only honoring the clean design but also allowing her beautiful creations to be used over and over again.  Just in case you didn't know, calendars can be reused, if you are interested you can find which years correspond via a quick online search.  Any 1984, 1956 or 1928 calendar can be reused this year of 2012.  How fun is that!

Naturally, when I found this Portfolio of 20, 11 x 14, Lithograph Calendar Art Posters I couldn't pass it up.  While you can find her Calendar Portfolios available online, finding the Art Posters without the months and days is a rare treat!  Themes centered around architecture, water, family, nature and celebrated the simple things.  Capturing the moment of bliss found in watching a wedding, children at play, seasonal treats, collections and the rituals that make life special.

Although Nikki retired in 2001, she has a wonderful web site where she offers her hand signed prints, a resource which I used to date some of my prints.  Beyond what I found on Nikki's web site, researching wasn't easy, and I still have one print (pictured to the left) which I can not find the title or the month only the year 1984.  Again as a reminder of life's simple pleasures, she always kept her titles simple too, so I have imagined this one would be called Rock Garden.

Already a Nikki Schumann fan and searching for more information?  Perhaps you are just like I was at the beginning my research for this listing.  Loving research and history, I thought it would be nice to begin a reference resource for her work within the 20 Calendar Art Lithograph Posters I researched.  Below you'll find the information I gleaned for the full set of 20 prints, published in the 1986 Portfolio, selected from Nikki's Calendars bridging the years between the years of 1976 and 1986.  Enjoy!

Nikki Schumann "Beach House" July, 1986 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Porch with Wicker" September, 1980 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Quilt Store" February, 1981 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Woman in Hammock" July, 1984 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Conservatory" May, 1984 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Dreaming Lady" March, 1977 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Baskets" February, 1982 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Teapots" April, 1982 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Summer Wedding" June, 1981 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Lobster Dinner" July, 1979 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Matchbox Trucks" November, 1984 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Unknown Title"  Unknown Month, 1984
(if you have any information on this print please leave a comment)

Nikki Schumann  "College Yard" October, 1984 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Christmas Lights" December, 1979 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Leeks" September, 1981 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Sheep with Pumpkins" October, 1983 Calendar
Nikki Schumann "Fall Wood Pile" November, 1981 Calendar
Nikki Schumann "Seals on Rocks" July, 1982 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Mussel Shells" August, 1980 Calendar

Nikki Schumann "Blueberry Muffins" July, 1983 Calendar

A Portfolio of Prints by Nikki Schumann Cover Page with Portfolio Envelope

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